animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē How to pronounce animosity (audio) \
plural animosities

Definition of animosity

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility : an antagonistic attitude

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enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

Where does the word animosity come from?

The important Latin word animus (very closely related to anima) could mean a great many things having to do with the soul and the emotions, one of them being "anger". As an English word, animus has generally meant "ill will", so it isn't mysterious that animosity means basically the same thing. Animosity can exist between two people, two groups or organizations, or two countries, and can sometimes lie hidden for years before reappearing. The deep animosities that exist between certain ethnic and religious groups sometimes seem as if they will last forever.

Examples of animosity in a Sentence

Few rivalries can match that of the Cards and Cubs in terms of history, color and animosity. Things are tense in an off year, but in 2003 the teams are at the top of the National League Central division (along with the Houston Astros), separated by a half-game. — John Grisham, New York Times Book Review, 1 May 2005 As I get older, I have noticed the troubles many of my friends have with their fathers: the animosities and disappointments, held so long in the arrears of late adolescence, suddenly coming up due on both ends. But my father and I, if anything, have gotten closer, even as I understand him less and less. — Tom Bissell, Harper's, December 2004 What I did not anticipate, however, was the depth of animosity that had been simmering among the teachers beneath the pleasantries that characterized our public, formal encounters. I discovered that my enthusiastic advocacy for whole language was received by traditional teachers as demeaning, insulting attacks. — Elaine Garan, Language Arts, September 1998 We put aside our personal animosities so that we could work together. his open animosity towards us made our meeting very uncomfortable
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Recent Examples on the Web Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mitt Romney opposes, and likely torpedoes, budget director nominee," 22 Feb. 2021 Ryan Reeves and Sharks forward Evander Kane have a long history of animosity that resurfaced in their first meeting of the season. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Golden Knights' 3 PP goals spoil Sharks home debut, 3-1," 13 Feb. 2021 Ryan Reeves and Sharks forward Evander Kane have a long history of animosity that resurfaced in their first meeting of the season. Josh Dubow, ajc, "Golden Knights' 3 PP goals spoil Sharks home debut, 3-1," 13 Feb. 2021 Pennsylvania Republicans laid into Boockvar after Wolf announced her resignation, with many linking the incident to a history of animosity between her office and the state GOP. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania secretary of state to resign amid ballot error," 1 Feb. 2021 The migrants in northwest Bosnia have faced growing animosity from local populations. New York Times, "Many Migrants Still Stranded in Bosnia as Freezing Cold Sets In," 14 Jan. 2021 But the agreement has replaced the Israeli–Palestinian peace process as a kind of philosopher’s stone that, according to the liberal imagination, transmutes ethno-sectarian animosity into peace and toleration. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "There’s No Reason for Biden to Reward Iran," 19 Dec. 2020 His pro-growth, pro-business sensibilities and sparring with the Chicago Teachers Union that led to the historic 2013 strike earned him more animosity among progressives — and the nickname of Mayor 1%. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden expected to nominate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary, dealing a blow to former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel," 15 Dec. 2020 Avoid assigning blame to or creating animosity with any of your colleagues, who may be contacted by your future employer during background checks. Anthony Derosa, WSJ, "How to Quit a Job and Resign on Good Terms," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of animosity

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animosity

Middle English animosite, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French animosité, from Late Latin animositat-, animositas, from Latin animosus spirited, from animus — see animus

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27 Feb 2021

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“Animosity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animosity. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē How to pronounce animosity (audio) \
plural animosities

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